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Ghost Tours and a Sleepless Night in one of Australia’s Most Haunted Locations

Some things seem like a good idea in the light of day. Such as spending a night in an award winning hotel in one of Australia’s most haunted locations after doing a ghost tour. ‘What fun!’ I thought to myself as I arranged my stay. ‘I’ve always wanted to do the ghost tours at QRead More

British Airways Club World Yin Yang Seats, image courtesy British Airways

The Best Seat in British Airways Club World Business Class

When you have the option to stretch out on a flat bed on a long haul flight after sipping champagne, eating yummy food and watching new release movies it may seem a little precious to care about which flat bed you’re in. Upon discovering I would be flying British Airways’ Club World from Sydney toRead More

City views from Langham Melbourne, Image courtesy of Langham Melbourne

Ring Them Bells at The Langham Melbourne

Every evening at 7.05pm a special tram bell rings in Melbourne. It is no longer attached to a mode of transport, nor does have any relation to the Victorian capital’s peak hour traffic. Instead this bell is taking part in a worldwide tradition, marking the Change of Day in Langham Hotels. While five past sevenRead More

Tiger at Jamala Wildlife Lodge luxury bungalow in Canberra

Sleeping With Lions and Tigers and Bears (oh my!) at Canberra’s Jamala Wildlife Lodge

If you want to go from sleepy to extremely alert in a heartbeat I can recommend having a lion roar directly into your face. And I can highly recommend having a piece of strong glass between you when it happens. Allow me to set the scene. When my alarm goes off at 6am in myRead More

Banyan Tree Bintan Island villas

Jungle Luxury Love at Banyan Tree Bintan Island

“Dear Guest, These villas are built beneath the canopy of the Rain Forest. As such some wild animals like monkeys, squirrels, birds and insects could be your frequent visitors. Please do not leave your doors and windows open as these animals may disturb your peaceful stay in your villa.” As I read these words onRead More

Paradise Peak on Halong Bay, image courtesy of Paradise Cruises

Why You Need (at least) Two Nights on a Halong Bay Cruise

Spending a night on Vietnam’s Halong Bay is on many a travel wish list, but after experiencing it for myself I’ve realized there’s a slight problem with that idea. One night on a Halong Bay cruise may be lovely, but when you finally make it to this natural wonder you should really stay for atRead More

Cathay Pacific Business Class flat bed, image courtesy Cathay Pacific

Cathay Terrific: Flying Business Class with Cathay Pacific

When you only have a few days to spend somewhere you want to make the most of them, which is why flying through the night and arriving first thing in the morning is a great idea. The only slight downside is that after flying through the night you may not be your sparkiest for theRead More

Man Wah restaurant at Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong

Doing Hong Kong in Style at the Mandarin Oriental

It starts the moment I step off the plane. There at the end of the walkway I can see a young woman holding a sign with my name underneath the iconic Mandarin Oriental fan. At first I’m confused. I hadn’t requested the optional limo service and was planning to take a taxi to the hotelRead More

Azamara Quest Mediterranean Cruise Review

Boutique Hotel Style Cruising the Med on Azamara Quest

When you’re on a cruise you feel like you’re in your own little bubble, but due to the popularity of cruising there are times when your ship comes in at the same time as someone else’s. It’s a situation I found myself in when I woke up in Ajaccio on Azamara Quest and looked outRead More

View from Pacific Surfliner Train, Los Angeles to San Diego

Riding the Pacific Surfliner: the Los Angeles to San Diego Train

On a recent domestic flight I found myself having one of those travel days. You know the ones. You get to the airport and the queue to get through security is a mile long. You get to the gate for your flight and sit there surrounded by glum looking people for half an hour andRead More